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Post : German parliament meets to elect Merkel for 4th term
URL : http://nationalpost.com/pmn/pmn-news/german-parliament-meets-to-elect-merkel-for-4th-term
Posted : March 13, 2018 at 11:23 pm
Author : The Associated Press
Tags : AP
Categories : PMN News, PMN World

BERLIN -- Germany's parliament is meeting to elect Angela Merkel for a fourth term as chancellor, ending nearly six months of political drift in Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel needs the support of a majority of all lawmakers to be re-elected on Wednesday, meaning that she has to win at least 355 votes. The coalition of her conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union and the centre-left Social Democrats has 399 seats.

The same parties have governed for the past four years but Wednesday's parliamentary vote comes 171 days -- nearly double the previous record -- after September's election, in which they all lost significant ground. The Social Democrats initially planned to go into opposition.

Merkel will head a much-changed new Cabinet.

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